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Admission & Application Requirements

Admission Requirements

Prerequisite Courses

Students must have:

A BS or BA degree in biological sciences, microbiology, chemistry with biology courses, or pre-professional curriculum.

  • Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75.
  • Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) in Sciences of 2.75.

Required BS or BA course completion in biological sciences, chemistry, mathematics and minimum one course in microbiology.

Recommended background courses include anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, human biology, immunology, additional microbiology courses, molecular biology, and physics.

All college transcripts, with degree granted, must be submitted. Also evaluated are the GPA in sciences and the number of courses that are dropped, failed or repeated.

The School of MLS also requires:

  • An academic, employment and personal interview.
  • One-page personal narrative describing your interest and motivation for a career in Medical Laboratory Science.
  • Criminal background check, drug screen, medical and immunization history.
  • Tuition, $5,000, to be paid in full two weeks before the start date of your program year; and purchase of required textbooks.
  • A partial, 50 percent, refund of tuition may be made by the School of MLS if withdrawal/dismissal occurs within 30 working days of the program start date. No refunds will be made beyond the 30-day deadline for any reason.

Note: The School of Medical Laboratory Sciences does not have Student Visa Program capability this year.

Credit for Experiential Learning: In a case where a student in the program is currently working or had recently been employed in a clinical laboratory department for a minimum of one year, part of the practicum may be waived, pending verification and evaluation of duties performed, volume and nature of tests performed and instrumentation used. These credit instances will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

A student at Community Healthcare System School of Medical Laboratory Science examines specimens as part of the training.
Application Requirements

Community Healthcare System School of Medical Laboratory Science is dedicated to the principle of equal opportunity in every aspect of the program, including but not limited to application, applicant review, selection process, classroom, laboratory, and clinical training, evaluation and potential employment placement.

CHS School of MLS is committed to providing a fair and equitable school/learning environment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, military or veteran status, handicap or disability -- within the ability to perform essential functions of the position. A persons' status, as defined by these criteria, is protected by law; and discrimination based upon or related to any of these criteria is strictly prohibited.

In compliance with all federal and state laws that are applicable to the admission/selection/participation relationship, CHSMLS prohibits retaliation in the form of adverse assessment/treatment in any form because of a student's exercise of legally protected rights and activities. This includes but is not limited to the filing of a charge or complaint of discrimination, a complaint to the school disclosing unlawful discrimination in the classroom or laboratory, and participation in a discrimination investigation or proceeding.

Application Process for CHS School of Medical Laboratory Science

Click here to download the application form.

  • Complete every item of the application and your narrative.
  • Send to the address below.
  • Your application must include a brief, one-page personal narrative describing your interest in Medical Laboratory Science.

Note: The School of MLS does not have student visa program capability this year.

Send your application, and request electronic or paper college transcript(s) to be sent directly to the address below:

Mary S. Wallace, MS, MT (ASCP)
Program Director-School of Medical Laboratory Science
Community Healthcare System Central Laboratory
901 MacArthur Blvd.
Munster, IN 46321 

Electronic application submissions should be sent to

If you have questions about the process, contact: Mary S. Wallace, MS, MT (ASCP), 219-703-2412.

Note: Application cannot be considered until all transcripts have been received. Minimum overall GPA 2.75.

What to Expect After You Apply

Based on initial assessment the School of MLS may contact you to schedule an interview and request a:

  • Criminal background check
  • Drug screen
  • Immunization record
  • Medical history
If you have questions about the process, contact: Mary S. Wallace, MS, MT (ASCP), 219-703-2412.